Collection 2014

After months of conceptual development, experimentation and meticulous construction, students will showcase one-of-a-kind creations on Saturday, May 10 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence. Collection 14, the Apparel Design department’s popular runway show, takes place at 7 pm, with a preview showing at 2 pm. For the enthusiastic audience, the fast-paced live show offers a sneak peak at the fashion tastemakers and trendsetters of the future.

The work shown in each year’s Collection is juried by a panel of guest critics – professional designers who carefully review and discuss the work together, give students critical feedback and select the best garments for the runway show. Guest critics for Collection 14 are:

  • Laird Borrelli, fashion historian and author
  • Robert Geller 01 AP, menswear designer
  • Neil Gilks, director of educational initiatives, Council of Fashion Designers of America
  • Lorraine Howes, RISD professor emerita + former Apparel Design department head
  • Reed Krakoff, fashion designer
  • Nicole Miller 73 AP, fashion designer + RISD trustee
  • Peter Som, fashion designer 

Designs by seniors are selected from their year-long thesis collections – unified bodies of work that showcase professional-grade conceptual and technical skills; for juniors selections are made from their men’s or women’s tailored jacket looks and cut/sew knitwear projects or costumes designed in collaboration with Providence Festival Ballet; and sophomore work is selected from their textiles-collaborative print projects, as well as from the Re-Innovatives challenge – to construct a wearable piece out of recycled materials other than fabric.

Read the press release about this year's COLLECTION.

View Student Work

Event Details

Two shows on Saturday, May 10
preview at 2 pm
main show at 7 pm

Rhode Island Convention Center
One Sabin Street 
Providence, RI


7 pm main show: $42 | $52 | $62
2 pm  preview: $17 in advance | $22 day of the show

available to the RISD community
beginningApril 1

Dunkin’ Donuts Center Box Office
(RISD ID required) 

available to the general public
beginning April 14

Dunkin’ Donuts Center Box Office
One LaSalle Square, Providence
401 331-6700
Monday–Friday | 9 am–5 pm
Saturday | 10 am–2 pm
(search for RISD)

Ticketmaster charge by phone
1 800 745-3000 

Tickets will be available at the Rhode Island Convention Center on-site box office on May 10 only.

Proceeds benefit the RISD Scholarship Fund 


Call 401 454-6180 or email

Apparel Foreground
Leanne Tomasetti, 12, Artificially Sweet